Monday, November 17, 2008

The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini #4 45-60

In the next 15 pages, Hassan lip surgery is completed. He continues to smile after the surgery, but we learn that something made him stop smiling that winter. Winter in Kabul is every child’s favorite season for schools shutting down, snow, and the annual kite-fighting tournament. Hassan and Amir have a passion for running and flying kites. They relate fighting kites to war because of the serious atmosphere. The two boys usually make there own kites, but this winter is different. Baba takes them to the best kite maker in Kabul. At the shop, Hassan can purchase any kite he Amir can. This offends Amir, making him think his not the favorite of Baba. According to Amir, the real fun doesn’t start when the kites are flown; it starts when the kites are cut. People crowd the streets and everyone chases after the elusive kites. The most fought after prize for kite runners is the last fallen kite. It brings honor and glory to who ever captures it. Amir believes that Hassan is the greatest kite runner he has ever seen. It ends with Hassan catching the kite in his out stretched arms.
““You know… I like where I live.” He was doing that, reading my mind.” This quote can draw many things. I believe that Amir doesn’t realize that Hassan knows him well and knows what Hassan really thinks of him. I can also infer that they are alike and think the same. “Baba was fattening his pipe and I was asking him to tell the story about the winter a pack of wolves had descended from the mountains in Heart and forced everyone to stay indoors for a week, when he lit a match and said, casually, “ I think maybe you’ll win the tournament this year. What do you think?” I think this is an important exchange between Baba and Amir because it shows that Baba somewhat ignores whatever Amir says. It further more shows that Baba and Amir aren’t very close. It’s not all negative though. It shows that Baba still cares about Amir, addressing that he will win the tournament tomorrow.
I found a few words that I was unfamiliar with in these 15 pages. Epilepsy is any of various neurological disorders characterized by sudden recurring attacks of motor, sensory, or psychic malfunction with or without loss of consciousness or convulsive seizures. Eerie means uncanny, so as to inspire superstitious fear; weird. The last word is indignant which means feeling, characterized by, or expressing strong displeasure at something considered unjust, offensive, insulting, or base.

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